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America’s power grid is facing real trouble

There are two reasons why consumers experience a power outage. The first is obvious: a storm comes along and knocks down trees and power lines. That’s what typically happens. But there’s now a second reason for power outages in the United States—there simply isn’t enough electricity to ...

Older adults hit harder by ‘holiday blues’

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column previously ran Dec. 13, 2019 It’s normal for most of us to get a little melancholy over the holidays. As we reflect on the year gone by and those family and friends no longer here to celebrate with us, it’s not unusual to feel the “holiday blues” ...

Holiday driving: Do you drive defensively?

Say you are driving along and someone coming toward you swerves left of the center line and into the path of your car. Maybe you are driving through an intersection. A car blows through the light on your left, against a red light, because the driver is so busy with a cell phone or adjusting a ...

Troubling predictions for electric grid this winter

As the nation slides into winter, the U.S. could very well be facing another energy crisis. But this one won’t be at the gas pump. Instead, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC)— which oversees the reliability of the nation’s power supply—is warning that a prolonged cold ...

Looking for a word

As the world strives to reach a point beyond “languishing,” everyone wants the same thing: normal. On your list of things that money can’t buy, what words are you looking for? Some words that come to my mind include hope, faith, resilience, friends, family, children, recovery. Everyone ...

Some leftovers from Johnson interview

It’s one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. Sometimes they also come from news interviews. Here are some leftover things I discussed with U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson that didn’t make it into my recent article. Because of congressional redistricting, Johnson, R-Marietta, will run for ...

Profound thoughts about some things

By CATHY BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center Sometimes, do you sit with your cuppa, staring into but not seeing your surroundings, and ask yourself profound questions like, “Does everyone on Spaceship Earth think we are living in a test tube?” Or, “Can anyone else remember a time when ...

Check homes of seniors for common safety hazards

The holiday season is a good time to be sure that older loves ones living at home are safe and the home is free from common safety hazards. Many people who live far away from aging family members find that when they visit for the holidays, they see a much different living environment than ...

People struggling with diseases of despair among us

Despair. The very word brings visions of sadness and sorrow to empathetic people who can feel deeply the emotions of others. Despair is “the complete loss or absence of hope.” When you think of the most despairing moments in your life, does it give you any insight about others who ...

Getting enough sleep?

Tonight, we turn the clocks back an hour, as if we all grumble enough about not feeling rested when our feet hit the floor in the morning and we begin another day. How many of us will take several days to get our internal clocks reset? Several years ago my husband and I wrapped up a visit ...